David T. Smith Issue 10 Phoebe Calver Tastings

Wildcat – Wildcat Gin

Wildcat Gin
Whyte & Mackay

ABV: 41.5%
Country: Scotland
Style: Contemporary
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Phoebe Calver

Really punchy with juniper from the off, followed by a
sweet and tangy herbaceous kick.
The greenery has become a little more floral – think dandelion, joined by some serious zest, juicy lemon peels to be specific. Slightly spicier juniper than the nose initially provided.
Dry and spicy.
A good attempt at the style. Playing up the zest in this could make it a little more fun.
Score: 7.3

David T. Smith

Green and resinous with a good dose of juniper and woody angelica with an earthy sweetness.
Initial flavours of pine are joined by a leafy oiliness and the gentle bitterness of zesty citrus. Earthy root notes wrap up the palate, which is altogether rather forest-like.
This has a reasonable amount of residual heat and an exceptionally dry finish, before a final flourish of fresh, leafy flavours.
A clean gin that would work well in a dry Martini with a twist of lemon.
Score: 7.1

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